SOWEGA Council on Aging/Area Agency on Aging

SOWEGA Council on Aging/Area Agency on Aging Meeting the mental, spiritual, and physical needs of seniors in Southwest GA. Living Longer, Living Stronger, Living Well! The Council on Aging (COA) plans, provides, develops and coordinates services for all people 60 years of age and older in a 14 county, 6,000 square mile area of Southwest Georgia.
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This area includes: Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas and Worth counties.

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The cost of medications today is higher than ever! Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to find coupons at various drugstores ...
07/05/2021
Mobile Apps

The cost of medications today is higher than ever! Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to find coupons at various drugstores that give you a lower price? It can alert you about price changes or when you’re due for a refill. It’s simply called GoodRx and it’s free for your Apple or Android phone. https://www.goodrx.com/mobile

Use your iPhone, iPad or Android device to find the lowest prices on prescriptions!

One of the things that makes this country so great is our devotion to the wonders of nature and the amazing landscapes t...
07/03/2021
Find a Park (U.S. National Park Service)

One of the things that makes this country so great is our devotion to the wonders of nature and the amazing landscapes that fill it. The first Saturday in July is #NationalHopAParkDay. There are 421 National Parks in the US. Go find one today!

Find a national park by selecting from a list or choosing a state on the map.

Planning on having a July 4th cookout? Now’s the time to start gathering up all of the buns, steaks, and of course, appl...
07/02/2021

Planning on having a July 4th cookout? Now’s the time to start gathering up all of the buns, steaks, and of course, apple pies for your party. Plan ahead and you’ll avoid headaches later. And by all means — enjoy yourself!

Planning on having a July 4th cookout? Now’s the time to start gathering up all of the buns, steaks, and of course, apple pies for your party. Plan ahead and you’ll avoid headaches later. And by all means — enjoy yourself!

07/02/2021

Today’s 10 am Chair Fitness class has been cancelled.
You can access previous workouts on this page or log into the SOWEGA COA YouTube channel for a list of additional workouts you can do from the comfort of your home.

07/01/2021

July 1st is National US Postage Stamp Day! We stop to recognize the ease and simplicity with which we can send and receive mail. Oh the digital age may have slowed the flow of snail mail, but it will never reduce the excitement of receiving a beautiful, handwritten note from a loved one.

One of the joys of being retired is traveling! And while you’ll find plenty of info for famous beaches for summer travel...
06/30/2021
9 Bucket List Retirement Trips You Must Book Now

One of the joys of being retired is traveling! And while you’ll find plenty of info for famous beaches for summer travel, have you considered discovering something new? Maybe a new city? Or a natural wonder? Perhaps the land of your ancestors. Here’s your inspiration!

Goodbye work, hello travel! These are the 10 best retirement trips you've been waiting a lifetime to experience. Pack your bags and get ready for adventure.

Waffle lovers rejoice! You have your own day. June 29th is Waffle Iron Day! So break out that wonderful old waffle iron ...
06/28/2021
Waffles I

Waffle lovers rejoice! You have your own day. June 29th is Waffle Iron Day! So break out that wonderful old waffle iron and break out the batter. The Waffle Iron has been around six hundred years! This simple waffle recipe has the “thumbs up” approval of almost 5,000 website visitors.

Made-from-scratch waffles are ready in less than 30 minutes with this basic waffle recipe.

With 2020’s pandemic, it’s no wonder many have discovered the great outdoors through birds. It’s a hobby that’s explodin...
06/25/2021
Merlin Bird ID - Home

With 2020’s pandemic, it’s no wonder many have discovered the great outdoors through birds. It’s a hobby that’s exploding in popularity! Want to identify the one you saw this morning? It and many others can be identified easily and for free! Just need a smart phone.

Bird ID Wizard—Step-by-step Answer three simple questions about a bird you are trying to identify and Merlin will give you a list of possible matches. Merlin offers quick identification help for all levels of bird watchers to help you learn about the birds across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Afric

You know their names - Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok. They’re social media sites that connect people to their photos,...
06/24/2021
Pinterest

You know their names - Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok. They’re social media sites that connect people to their photos, stories, ideas, and more. But they’re all not the same. Ancestry.com provides valuable info on relatives long since passed away. Maybe you’re interested in food. You have to check out Pinterest.com. So much social media! So little time!

Discover recipes, home ideas, style inspiration and other ideas to try.

“Kan du hjelpe meg?” becomes “Can you help me?” when you speak in Norwegian. Language experts believe Norwegian is one o...
06/22/2021
9 Easiest Languages For English Speakers To Learn

“Kan du hjelpe meg?” becomes “Can you help me?” when you speak in Norwegian. Language experts believe Norwegian is one of the easiest languages for Americans to learn today. What’s the second easiest you? You’ll have to read this to find out!

Can't decide which new language to take up? Make your life simpler by choosing one of the easiest languages to learn for English speakers.

One of the best ways to keep your mind happy and clear is by learning new things! Have you pondered learning a musical i...
06/21/2021
Top 10 Easiest Musical Instrument to Learn for Adult Beginners

One of the best ways to keep your mind happy and clear is by learning new things! Have you pondered learning a musical instrument? Musicians gathered and decided that these are the simplest to learn. Starting with the ukulele. https://mompox.net/easiest-instrument-to-learn/

We look at the top 10 easiest instruments you can learn quickly. Some of these instruments might surprise you how easy they are to play such as the....

06/20/2021

Why wait for your turkey until Thanksgiving? Did you know the first Saturday at Summer Solstice to be #Summersgiving? It’s a baby holiday, being created in 2009. But the idea is a good one. Why not gather friends and family to share your gratitude for life has given you? Since it’s not on a specific date, most occur on June 20, 21, and 22.

You probably see it every time you open the fridge. Aluminum foil is in every kitchen. The next time you finish up using...
06/19/2021
45 Handy Aluminum Foil Hacks You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

You probably see it every time you open the fridge. Aluminum foil is in every kitchen. The next time you finish up using a sheet, did you know it can take on other uses? Some of these will make you say “Wow!”

If you're only using aluminum foil in the oven, you're tapping just a fraction of its potential! Don't miss these handy aluminum foil hacks.

On the third Friday in June, National Flip Flop Day encourages us to wear our favorite flip flops and show them off! Tha...
06/18/2021

On the third Friday in June, National Flip Flop Day encourages us to wear our favorite flip flops and show them off! That includes sandals, which have been around for thousands of years. But for the record, do not dare wear your socks with your sandals. That’s a big no no!

On the third Friday in June, National Flip Flop Day encourages us to wear our favorite flip flops and show them off! That includes sandals, which have been around for thousands of years. But for the record, do not dare wear your socks with your sandals. That’s a big no no!

Summers are all about backyard parties and dinner gatherings! For special friends and family, break out the grill and sl...
06/17/2021
6 Tips to Grilling A Perfect Steak | Tips & Techniques | Weber Grills

Summers are all about backyard parties and dinner gatherings! For special friends and family, break out the grill and slap on some steaks. Some folks will add very spice under the sun for their steaks, while some just opt for a pat or two of salt and black pepper. You want to be prepared so check out the helpful grilling tips from the Weber grill experts.

6 tips to grilling the perfect steak this grilling season

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program staff receive many calls from families and facility residents who are trying to und...
06/17/2021

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program staff receive many calls from families and facility residents who are trying to understand visitation guidelines in nursing homes. The inability to receive visitors during the pandemic has taken a physical and emotional toll on residents and their loved ones. Recognizing this toll, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its visitation guidance, supporting visits while emphasizing the importance of maintaining infection prevention practices, given the continued risk of COVID-19 transmission.

As of April 2021, CMS/CDC visitation guidance is shown at the link below. The guidance can be confusing. Your Community Long Term Care Ombudsman Representatives are available to answer questions that you may have and can be reached by calling 229-349-6528.

https://www.sowegacoa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/SOWEGA-NH-Visitation-Article1.pdf

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program staff receive many calls from families and facility residents who are trying to understand visitation guidelines in nursing homes. The inability to receive visitors during the pandemic has taken a physical and emotional toll on residents and their loved ones. Recognizing this toll, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its visitation guidance, supporting visits while emphasizing the importance of maintaining infection prevention practices, given the continued risk of COVID-19 transmission.

As of April 2021, CMS/CDC visitation guidance is shown at the link below. The guidance can be confusing. Your Community Long Term Care Ombudsman Representatives are available to answer questions that you may have and can be reached by calling 229-349-6528.

https://www.sowegacoa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/SOWEGA-NH-Visitation-Article1.pdf

It’s always a good time to plant! Have you considered an herb box? A simple box in your window, or a good size shelf can...
06/16/2021
Garden Window Decorating Ideas to Brighten Up Your Home

It’s always a good time to plant! Have you considered an herb box? A simple box in your window, or a good size shelf can do the trick. Herbs like basil, cilantro, rosemary, chives, mint, and thyme are just a few herbs that are simple to grow and can spice things up in the kitchen. Want garden window ideas?

Garden window decorating ideas that will add light to your home. Here are three of the best ways to decorate your garden window.

Eggs! Folks have fought over whether they’re good for us or not for years. But science today is smiling on them again. O...
06/15/2021
Eggs: 8 Healthy Facts

Eggs! Folks have fought over whether they’re good for us or not for years. But science today is smiling on them again. One a day provides you with a good combination of protein and vitamin D. At 75 calories and 5 grams of fat, it’s an easy choice to satisfy hunger, too. Eggs are easily seasoned and pair well with vegetables to increase the nutritional value of a meal. https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/eggs-8-healthy-facts

From nutritional benefits to ancient symbolism, we've eight ten things we bet you didn't know about eggs.

National Flag Day honors Old Glory and commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777. The holiday...
06/14/2021

National Flag Day honors Old Glory and commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777. The holiday is a day that Americans show respect for the U.S. Flag and what it represents. Representing independence and unity, the Star-Spangled Banner has become a powerful symbol of Americanism and the flag is flown proudly.

National Flag Day honors Old Glory and commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777. The holiday is a day that Americans show respect for the U.S. Flag and what it represents. Representing independence and unity, the Star-Spangled Banner has become a powerful symbol of Americanism and the flag is flown proudly.

06/13/2021

Did you know besides getting lots of good sun and fresh air, gardening is therapeutic, builds muscles and burns calories. Some of the gardening activities that are excellent for working your muscles and for burning calories include weeding, digging, spading, planting, pruning, mowing, raking, and walking. Garden for the fun of it!

Today’s a good day to remind you the importance of safety when using the internet, social media, or even email. Ransomwa...
06/12/2021
30 Ransomware Prevention Tips | The State of Security

Today’s a good day to remind you the importance of safety when using the internet, social media, or even email. Ransomware attack occurs when someone or group takes the info on your computer hostage and demands payment to get it back. Be prepared! Learn these valuable ransomware tips.

Dealing with the aftermath of ransomware attacks is like Russian roulette, where submitting the ransom might be the sole option for recovering locked data.

Do you live alone? Have you considered the many benefits of owning a cat or dog? An animal companion can bring much joy ...
06/11/2021
Celebrating Over 20 Years of Pet Adoption | Petfinder

Do you live alone? Have you considered the many benefits of owning a cat or dog? An animal companion can bring much joy and purpose into one’s life. That little furry animal depends on you for its care. Best of all, there are many cats and dogs that are available for adoption. To find a fur buddy near you, visit https://www.petfinder.com.

Petfinder has helped more than 25 million pets find their families through adoption. Search our extensive list of dogs, cats and other pets available for adoption and rescue near you.

06/10/2021

Let the wild rumpus start! It was your children’s favorite. And likely your children’s favorite! Author Maurice Sendak was born on this day in 1928. We’re celebrating his most famous work…Happy #WhereTheWildThingsAreDay!

06/09/2021

One of the challenges of aging is focusing. One tip to address it is to do a task consciously. Focus on the task at hand. For example, write down you want to reorganize your “junk” drawer. Set a date for it and when that day comes, turn off all distractions and make a note (or two) to have to remind you to complete that task for that day. You’ll feel so much better for finishing that task!

We would like to give a big shout out to Jim Hill who is a crew leader for one of SOWEGA COA’s ramp groups funded by the...
06/08/2021

We would like to give a big shout out to Jim Hill who is a crew leader for one of SOWEGA COA’s ramp groups funded by the RSVP Grant through AmeriCorps Seniors. Jim was chosen to be the recipient of the 2021 “Good Deeds Award” given annually by the Exchange Club of Albany GA to recognize individuals in the Southwest GA area who consistently do good deeds for others throughout the community. #SOWEGACOA #AMERICORPSSENIORS

Many Seniors have found a way to fund travel adventures using their own home for AirBNB. Got a spare room you’re not usi...
06/08/2021
Host your home on Airbnb

Many Seniors have found a way to fund travel adventures using their own home for AirBNB. Got a spare room you’re not using? That basement apartment or in-law suite going to waste? You can meet interesting people and make a little extra $$$ without living home? Consider being an AirBnb host. airbnb.com/host/homes

Hosting can help you turn your extra space into extra income

Looking for a vice to quit? Many still smoke ci******es. And what a cost! Here’s the math: a pack of ci******es averages...
06/07/2021
How to Quit

Looking for a vice to quit? Many still smoke ci******es. And what a cost! Here’s the math: a pack of ci******es averages $6.28. A pack-a-day equals $188 a month! Or $2,292 per year. Smoking for ten years costs you $22,920! For help - https://www.cdc.gov/to***co/quit_smoking/how_to_quit/index.htm

CDC's Office on Smoking and Health offers links to government and other resources with helpful information and strategies on how to quit to***co use.

Sowega Council on Aging is hiring an Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. APPLY NOW to join a team of people who have ...
06/02/2021
Administrative Assistant/Receptionist - Albany, GA 31701 - Indeed.com

Sowega Council on Aging is hiring an Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. APPLY NOW to join a team of people who have a heart for serving the aging community of Southwest Georgia!

Click for more info >> https://www.indeed.com/job/administrative-assistantreceptionist-643b2928b3c78150

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On this Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom.
05/31/2021

On this Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom.

On this Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom.

05/28/2021
Thank you to the Albany GA Alumni Chapter of Kappa for their generous contribution to SOWEGA Council on Aging during our...
05/26/2021

Thank you to the Albany GA Alumni Chapter of Kappa for their generous contribution to SOWEGA Council on Aging during our Health Fair Drive Thru Event last Friday. We were honored to have them on site for a group picture on such a fun and meaningful day!

Strawberry is the third most popular flavor of ice cream for Americans. If you fall into that category, you’re going to ...
05/25/2021
Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry is the third most popular flavor of ice cream for Americans. If you fall into that category, you’re going to love this recipe for homemade strawberry ice cream that is the perfect level of creamy! https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/food-cooking/recipes/a11590/strawberry-ice-cream/

This is the time, a few days before the Fourth, when we start mowing, weedeating, weeding flower beds, cleaning the house, getting out our drink tubs, hosing down the porch and sidewalk, blowing out the garage, and otherwise try to get our homestead gussied up before approximately 162 people come ov...

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General information

Not sure where to start? Call your Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 1-800-282-6612. ADRC is your No Wrong Door for programs and services throughout the 14 county area of southwest Georgia.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(229) 432-1124

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Aging and Disability Resource Connection, Home Delivered Meals, 14 Senior Centers, Ombudsman, Family Caregiver, Alzheimer Caregiver, Respite Care, Homemaker, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Advocacy, Elder Abuse Prevention, Legal Services, Wellness Programs...and more!

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Seniors in Action

SOWEGA Council on Aging is your local Southwest Georgia Area Agency on Aging. What does that mean? We serve the aging population in our area, specifically the 14 counties of Dougherty (Albany), Lee (Leesburg), Thomas (Thomasville), Worth (Sylvester), Calhoun (Arlington), Baker (Newton), Early (Blakely), Terrell (Dawson), Decatur (Bainbridge), Grady (Cairo), Miller (Colquitt), Mitchell (Pelham), Colquitt (Moultrie), Seminole (Donalsonville).

There are thriving Senior Centers in each of the counties listed above, and we also offer dynamic programs for the aging community to assist as they walk through many areas of growing older. Home Delivered Meals, or “Meals on Wheels” is our most well-known program, delivering warm, nutritious meals to home-bound individuals who might not otherwise come in contact with a person. Our volunteers and staff are the faces of comfort for these people. They provide well checks for these individuals and deliver nutrition in a food scarce part of the community’s population.

SOWEGA Council on Aging offers a Long Term Care Ombudsmen Program that fights against elder abuse in long term care facilities. The sole purpose of this program is to support Victims’ Rights, and the program works directly with law enforcement to make change in problem areas. The agency offers Evidence Based Programs such as Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs, teaching practical skills on managing chronic health problems. Other programs include Tai Chi for Arthritis and A Matter of Balance, which provides strategies for falls and better balance.

Furthering the list of services the Agency offers, RSVP or Retired Senior Volunteer Program is a great way for retired seniors to get involved in our community. We have a rich base of volunteers who build ramps for the disabled, sew teddy bears for sick children, create gardens, prepare taxes, help in schools, and so much more. This group of experts enriches the lives of people in the community by volunteering at the Agency. Veterans comprise a large percentage of this group, and we are so grateful for their service, as well as the service of all of our many volunteers.

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